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Lorazepam helps treat anxiety disorders. It is related to the class of drugs called benzodiazepine, which has a calming effect on the brain and nerves (central nervous system). This medication works by amplifying the effects of a natural chemical in the body (GABA). Lorazepam helps treat insomnia or difficulty sleeping caused by anxiety or stress in the short term. It also helps treat a severe type of seizure called status epilepticus. The tablets are available in three strengths: 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg. You can buy Lorazepam online or from a local pharmacy store.
Avoid taking Lorazepam if you are pregnant. In a newborn, this medicine may cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Lorazepam has the potential to become addictive, so do not use it without a prescription. Addiction, overdose, and death can result from the misuse of habit-forming medications. This medicine should never be given to someone else, especially if they have a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep Lorazepam in a safe place where no one else can access it. If you combine Lorazepam with alcohol, opioids, or other drugs that make you drowsy or slow your breathing, you may experience fatal side effects. Never take Lorazepam if you are allergic to Valium or a similar medicine or if you have severe respiratory insufficiency, narrow-angle glaucoma, or myasthenia gravis.
Do not take Lorazepam if you have:
Tell your doctor if you ever had the following conditions to make sure that this medication is safe for you:
Never take this drug if you are allergic to it or other benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam, clonazepam, or diazepam) or if you have any other allergies. This medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. You may become dizzy or sleepy if you consume alcohol or marijuana (cannabis). Avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any other activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you can do so safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Lorazepam has the potential to harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medicine during the first trimester of pregnancy. Breastfeeding may not be safe while taking this medication. Consult your doctor about any potential risks. If you notice drowsiness or fussiness in your nursing baby, tell your doctor.
Take Lorazepam as directed by your doctor. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take more Lorazepam than prescribed or longer than recommended. If you have an increased desire to use more of this medicine, tell your doctor. You can easily order Lorazepam online with a prescription. Never take Lorazepam for more than 4 months unless your doctor tells you to. If your symptoms do not improve or worsen, contact your doctor. Long-term use of this medication may require frequent medical tests. Do not stop taking Lorazepam without first consulting your doctor. Suddenly stopping this drug may worsen some conditions. Your doctor may decrease your dosage gradually. Lorazepam liquid should be kept in the refrigerator. If you have not used any liquid within 90 days, throw it away.
Adults and children dosage (12 years of age and older): Take 2 to 6 milligrams (mg) per day in divided doses. Older adults: Take 1 to 2 mg per day in divided doses at first. If necessary, your doctor may adjust your dose. Children below 12 years of age: Your doctor must decide the use and dosage.
Adults and children dosage (12 years of age and older): At first, 2 to 3 milligrams (mg) in divided doses per day. Older adults: Take 1 to 2 mg per day in divided doses at first. As needed and tolerated, your doctor may adjust your dose. Child dosage (below 12 years of age): Your doctor will determine how much and how often you should use it.
Adults and children dosage (12 years of age and older): Take 2 to 4 milligrams (mg) taken as a single dose at bedtime. Child dosage (below 12 years of age): Your doctor must decide the use and dosage.
Lorazepam overdose can be fatal if combined with alcohol, opioid medication, or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow breathing. The overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, confusion, slurred speech, feeling restless, feeling light-headed, slow heartbeats, loss of balance or coordination, weak or shallow breathing, or coma.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Lorazepam. Dangerous side effects or death could occur. Do not drive or engage in risky activities until you know how this medication will affect you. Dizziness and drowsiness can lead to falls, accidents, and serious injuries.
Lorazepam can cause your breathing to slow or stop, especially if you have recently used an opioid medication, alcohol, or other drugs that slow down your breathing. If you have weak or shallow breathing, have trouble waking up, or if you stop breathing, someone caring for you should seek emergency medical help.
The common lorazepam side effects may include:
Lorazepam’s sedative effects may last longer in older adults. Falls are common in elderly patients taking benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or being injured by accident.
Combining Lorazepam with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing may lead to dangerous side effects or death. Before taking an opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxant, a prescription cough medicine, or medication for depression or seizures, consult your doctor. Tell your doctor about all your other medications, especially: